REP.-ELECT COLLEEN HANABUSA (D-HAWAII-01)
Date of birth: May 4, 1951
Residence: Waianae, Hawaii
Education: B.A., University of Hawaii; M.A., University of Hawaii; J.D., University of Hawaii
Previous office held: State senator
Family: Husband, John F. Souza III
During the three-way special election for Abercrombie’s seat in May, Hanabusa finished second behind Charles Djou (R). Case subsequently opted against making a run in the general election, clearing the way for Hanabusa to focus on Djou.
Hanabusa’s maternal great-grandparents immigrated to Hawaii from Japan to work on a sugar plantation. Her parents ran a gas station. Hanabusa was sent to a Japanese-language school and subsequently became the first Asian-American woman to become president of the Hawaii state Senate.